The Bulldogs had Hallsville right where they wanted them at halftime, but the Indians had a strong second half and came away with a 69-64 win Friday on Harrisburg’s Senior Night.
“Hallsville kids compete and they get after you,” Harrisburg head coach Steve Combs said. “Any time we set up and ran an offense against their half-court defense, we did well. There were just too many times in transition when we were out of balance.”
After scoring the first points of the game, Kale Spry kept Harrisburg (18-7) ahead 13-11 after one quarter, using three great passes for assists in the opening eight minutes. The Bulldogs closed the first half on a 10-0 run, getting six points from Charles Roller and four from Jacob Rudkin. They finished with 12 and 16 points, respectively, and Harrisburg was ahead of Hallsville 27-19 at halftime.
Aaron Blakemore started the second half with a steal and a basket to extend the lead to double digits, but Hallsville, rather than getting frustrated, responded with a 15-0 run to take the lead.
Rudkin hit back-to-back threes in the fourth quarter to give Harrisburg a two-point lead, but Hallsville found its way to the free-throw line often, making 12-of-15 shots at the line in the final eight minutes.
Spry also had 16 points to lead the Bulldogs. Blake Berry added eight points, Blake Cochran scored six points and Blake Williams, Drew Ewens and Blakemore each had two points.
The Harrisburg girls also led for much of the first half, only to fall to the Lady Indians 59-50.
Chloe Franklin had 16 points and Bailey Ivicsics and Kirsten Southerland each had 12 points for Harrisburg. Hailey Lowrey had seven points and Karyssa Giboney finished with three points.
Jordan Dinyer, after having a relatively quiet first half, scored a game-high 34 points to lead Hallsville.
The Fayette boys were tied with Westran at halftime Friday night, but the Hornets kept the Falcons from winning their first conference game of the season. Westran won 69-57.
Collin O’Connell had 25 points to lead Fayette (1-22, 0-10 L&C) and Davis Valencia added 11 points.
Matt Edwards led Westran with 29 points.
The Fayette girls lost the first game of the varsity doubleheader 60-37. Kyreon Lee led Fayette with 10 points.
The Higbee boys and girls played their final Cooper County Activities Association games Friday night. The boys fell 56-22 and the girls lost a close one 53-50.
Jacob Beal had a team-high five points for Higbee (9-12, 2-4 CCAA).
The Otterville girls scored a basket in the wrong goal in the final 15 seconds, but Higbee didn’t get any closer than two points of the Lady Eagles.
Rhiannon Runyon led Higbee (8-14, 1-5 CCAA) with 15 points and Sabrina Huddleston had 14 points.
The Glasgow girls clinched their third-straight season with at least 20 wins, defeating Keytesville 52-18 on the road Friday. The Glasgow boys also won on the road, holding Keytesville to three field goals in a 52-17 win.